Budget 2018: No relief in I-T rates, but Rs 40k standard deduction introduced
New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday did not provide any relief in the income tax rates for 2018-19.
"The government had made many positive changes in the personal income-tax rate applicable to individuals in the last three years," Jaitley said in his Budget speech.
"Therefore, I do not propose to make any further change in the structure of the income tax rates for individuals."
In order to provide relief to salaried taxpayers, Jaitley proposed to "allow a standard deduction of Rs 40,000 in lieu of the present exemption in respect of transport allowance and reimbursement of miscellaneous medical expenses".
In the Budget 2017-18, Jaitley had reduced the income tax rate to 5 per cent from 10 per cent under the income slab from Rs 2.5 lakh per annum to Rs 5 lakh per annum.